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Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal."

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November 12 1815-October 26 1902







Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a leading figure in the Woman's Rights movement, as well as the anti-slavery Abolitionst movement. She inspired others to become involved in woman's right, and used her fierce attitude to not let others over look her views.

Born in Johnstown, New York to Margaret and Daniel Cady, a notable couple in town. Elizabeth attented a private academy and also gained legal knowledge from her father, who was a prominent lawyer in society. Many years later she met her husband Henry B Stanton in 1840, where she became very acquainted with motherhood by giving birth to seven children. During her years of rearing her children Elizabeth was given the opportunity of writing books and manuals that had significant influence in the woman's rights movement.



In 1851 Elizabeth met Susan B. Anthony, who over time became one of her dearest friends. Together they were able to collaborate some of their ideas, resulting in more woman's participation in various movements(Seneca Falls).



Elizabeth went on to become the president of the National Woman Suffrage Association, where she spoke about social and political issues involving women. As well as holding this office Stanton toured the country lecturing women about matters such a pregnancy, raising children and why woman deserved the right to vote. The main focus of her lectures was to get citizens to think about how corrupt society was as a result of inequality, and how together with support and participation it could be fixed.








By the age of sixty five Stanton had been traveling the country for a number of years and was ready to relax. During this period of time she wrote her famous work of "History of Woman Suffrage", with the help of Susan b. Anthony and others. Along with that publication, a few years later Stanton also wrote the "Woman's Bible". In this publication she discussed her secular state and encouraged woman to become independant and free souls.


Stanton's legacy is one that is still discussed today. She has been one of America's most influential females, and was an inspiration to others. Stanton died in her New York City apartment, that she shared with two of her children.